Bry’s Present and correct
BRYONY FROST and ★
Present Man repeated their heroics from last year in the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton.
Frost’s victory 12 ★
months ago on the Paul Nicholls-trained star helped her start to scale new heights as a jockey, going on to win in Grade One company aboard Black Corton later in the season.
This time, Present ★
Man returned under top weight but was able to shrug off his 2lb higher mark after a fantastic round of jumping in the extended three mile, one furlong feature.
Frost was ★
happy to sit just in behind the leader on the 5-1 joint-favourite but sent him on jumping two out and the eight-year-old had enough in the tank to repel the challenge of 10-1 chance Sumkindofking in second.
(16-1) and Aunty Anna (16-1) filled the lesser places in third and fourth.
Present Man’s win ★
topped a fantastic afternoon for local handler Nicholls (above) who claimed five winners on the seven-race card.
The others were
Grand Sancy (12.40), Capeland (1.15), If You Say Run (1.50) and Flic Ou Voyou (4.10).
Meanwhile, at Naas, ★
Footpad departed at the final fence as Saint Calvados made all the running in a dramatic race for the Poplar Square Chase at Naas.
British raider Saint ★
Calvados hardly hit a twig hands of Gavin Sheehan, putting last season’s Arkle Trophy hero under pressure from an early stage in the Grade Three contest.
lifted the tempo turning for home and Harry Whittington’s flamboyant jumper held a three-length lead at the last, where Footpad slithered badly, giving Ruby Walsh little chance of keeping the partnership intact, after making a couple of mistakes earlier in proceedings.
With the 4-9 favourite ★
market leader gone, Saint Calvados (5-2) was left clear and coasted home by four and a half lengths, with Tycoon Prince claiming second.
Whittington said: ★
“He’ll go for the Tingle Creek next and I’m looking forward to him going over the Railway fences there.”